Keita! L’héritage du griot (Burkina Faso: 1996)

Director

Dani Kouyaté

Cast list

Seydou Boro: Sundjata Keita

Hamed Dicko: Mabo Keïta

Abdoulaye Komboudri: M Fafana

Sotigui Kouyaté: Djeliba Kouyate

Claire Sanon: Sitan

Blandine Yaméogo: Sogoton

Credits

Writer: Dani Kouyaté

Produced by: S. Pierre Yameog producer

Music by: Sotigui Kouyaté

Cinematography by: Robert Millié

Film Editing by: Zoé Durouchoux

Production Design by: Catherine Franck

Sound Department: Pierre Mertens

Synopsis

Keïta is a retelling of the first third of Sundjata Keita's 13th-century epic, Sundjata. It tells of Mabo Keïta (Dicko), a thirteen-year-old boy who lives in a middle-class family in Ouagadougou and attends a good school.  When a djéliba, a master griot or bard, arrives mysteriously at the home of Mabo Keïta to teach him "the meaning of his name," the boy and griot are inevitably brought into conflict with his Westernized mother and schoolteacher, who have rejected African tradition. The griot reveals to Mabo the story of his distant ancestor, Sundjata Keïta, the 13th century founder of the great Malian trading.

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